The United States did not come out looking their best but were very impressive in the fourth quarter, going on one of their signature runs outscoring Australia 35-16 in the period.
The U.S. took 46 threes in the game and made 19, which is the third-most 3-point makes they’ve had in a game in the Olympics.
Australia hung around due to another big game from point guard Patty Mills who scored 26 points and made four threes.
Here are the grades for each Team USA player:
LeBron James – 30 minutes, 11 points, 12 assists, 14 rebounds – A+
LeBron had maybe his best game of the Olympics so far getting the triple-double and doing a little bit of everything for Team USA. He has really played well in these past three games after coasting in the first three. His 12 assists ties Michael Jordan and a few others for the most ever in a U.S. Olympic basketball game.
Kevin Durant – 25 minutes, 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals – B
Durant was mainly just a spot-up shooter in this game making 4-of-9 threes. Shooting 44 percent from three is fine but for Durant, it felt like he struggled. He missed a few shots driving and didn’t get to the line at all. His defense was better again getting two steals and some deflections as well.
Carmelo Anthony – 20 minutes, 17 points, 4 rebounds – B
Anthony played a pretty normal game for him. He was nothing special from deep going 2-of-7 and has really just become a guy who does nothing but try and score when the ball finds him. There’s nothing wrong with that because it’s his role on this team.
Kobe Bryant – 20 minutes, 20 points, 3 assists, 2 steals – B+
Kobe continued his awful play in the first half going 0-for-3 with zero points. You started to feel bad for him as it seemed he couldn’t do anything right. Then he really heated up in the second half, making six threes and finishing with 20 points. His threes come with a grain of salt though which requires him to take the 25-foot, contested heat check whenever he hits one or two. Team USA will need him at least making his jump shot going forward in the medal round.
Chris Paul – 27 minutes, 7 points, 3 assists, 4 steals – B
Paul didn’t do too much in this one partly because LeBron really dominated as the team’s distributor. Paul was only 1-for-4 from deep too and didn’t exactly lock up Australia’s guards on the other end the way he is capable of.
Deron Williams – 22 minutes, 18 points, 3 rebounds – A
Williams came up big in the first half for the U.S. scoring 13 points. Tonight he was the example of Team USA’s depth showing that they have so many players who can get it going scoring. With Paul not hitting his shot so much, it was nice for Williams to step up.
Russell Westbrook – 11 minutes, 6 points, 1 assist, 4 fouls – C
Westbrook got in foul trouble and didn’t play much. He was out of control for the most part again and not in any kind of rhythm. When he has space and can show off his athleticism, he is at his best and in the international game, there’s less room for him. The foul trouble limited his effectiveness in being one of Team USA’s best on-ball defenders.
Kevin Love – 21 minutes, 10 points, 11 rebounds – A
Love was great again and with Chandler not doing much, he is becoming very key for this team. His work on the glass was relentless as always but he did not hit any threes. He should continue to see more minutes especially if Team USA sees Spain in the gold medal game.
Tyson Chandler – 9 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds – C+
Chandler barely played again because of some foul trouble and was his usual self while on the floor. He caught a few nice lobs which were pretty but that’s about it.
Andre Iguodala – 8 minutes, 3 points, 1 rebound – C+
Iguodala didn’t play much either which was a little surprising coming off a very good game vs. Argentina. He hit a three while he was in and probably would have played more if Williams didn’t have the hot hand or if Kobe never got going. Team USA’s defense wasn’t great again and having Iguodala on the floor would help that out some.
James Harden – 4 minutes, 7 points, 1 assist – A+
Harden couldn’t have been better in four minutes, finishing on the break with two highlight slams and making a stepback three as well. It would have been nice to see him get more minutes with this team but it’s just not going to happen except in blowouts.
Anthony Davis – 3 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds – C
Davis just played a few minutes in garbage time and went 0-for-3 from the field. Come on bro.
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